Will Your Mail-In Vote Count? Track It and Find Out.

Most states have technology where you can keep up with your ballot, much like an Amazon delivery

Mail-in ballot processing in Reading, PA
Mail-in ballot processing in Reading, PA.
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The vast majority of states have some sort of technology in place to track your mail-in ballot, according to a surprisingly positive report by the Washington Post.

As tech reporter Geoffrey A. Fowler notes, around 43 states and the District of Columbia have ballot-tracking tech, although it’s a patchwork of different systems.

That’s one issue. Another is that you will need to be proactive about the ballot tracking, most likely by logging into a website or signing up for alerts at a separate site from where you’d register to vote or request an absentee ballot.

A positive side? You’ll know that your vote got counted.

BallotTrax, one of the companies that’ll help you follow your mail-in vote

As Fowler explains, envelopes containing mail-in ballots have numbers on them associated with individual voters — and no, they won’t know who you are or who you voted for. In most places, those numbers have barcodes that allow the Postal Service to track the envelope.

What information you receive can vary depending on city, state or company used to track the ballots; you might be able to keep up with your mail-in through the entire process, much like an Amazon delivery (even with text messages), or it might be as simple as getting notified if your ballot was accepted.

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